I have many.
The purpose of this thread is to recount any.
I will describe to start off one, that to me, is a bit funny and a bit strange....
In the wilderness tramping around a bit going to a particular place to meditate and sing dharma songs, this above or just about tree line, cliffs peaks and such, which was around 12,000 feet in these parts, I ran into a bunch of mountain sheep.
Seeing them I did as I am inclined to do just went around them a bit, they seeing me and me seeing them neigher being it appeared all that impressed.
I went then to where I was going.
Upon return to my camp I found them all, about 15 or so at my camp, just standing around to no purpose.
I then went there and also stood around to no purpose watching them to see what they were up to.
After a little while i got tired and sat down. I noticed most of them also then sat down.
Well....me with my brilliant intellect
said to myself...are they copying me?. Consider perhaps it was like the sixth day of a seven day retreat in this place and I was taking notice of such things in that fashion.
Well said brilliant me....now sitting... perhaps I close my eyes and they will then also copy me and close their eyes?
I did and they did.... quite to my amusement.
After that, while doing that.... passed by closely on trail by my camp a couple of hikers backpack and all.
I cannot imagine what they thought...was I a shepherd in the wilderness forest in this place? Was this a place all slept....or what not.
I cannot imagine coming upon a group one person and 15 goats sleeping in the middle of the day like that in the forest....coming upon that. They nor me were disturbed in our repose by that.
A coyote yelped after a while and they all ran quickly away. I felt a bit of regret that perhaps I had not followed them in that run.
After that for the first time in my house of residence which is by national forest but perhaps 75 or so remote from that place that summer and at much lower altitude, I did see one mountain sheep of the same sort getting water from a place I put water. Never before or since have I seen that type of animal here or anywhere in these areas, though I have lived here many years. I had a neighbor take a picture it was so strange. She thought it strange as well.
So strange and amuseing I found that.
What is your story..I assume there are many... cats dogs others.
JUst for fun.....
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.